Category: Rev. Funke Ewuosho

WISDOM 365 is here!

To be the best or get the best out of any subject in life, we need to understand that there are usually different aspects to the subject matter. We all know we need to read our bibles and pray everyday if we want to grow to become all that God wants us to become. After getting born again through accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, in line with Romans chapter 10, we need to deepen our relationship with God by His Word and by His Spirit. This is one reason to read the bible and pray daily.

Devotional reading and praying should happen daily. To get a good understanding of the bible, there are various aspects to the grasping of the content of the bible. These include devotional reading, studying and the general reading of the bible; the same way prayer has different aspects like intercession, supplication as well as giving of thanks, to name a few aspects of prayer.
This book on devotional reading, helps you to draw closer to God as you internalise the principles, instructions and admonitions from God’s Word. You will not only draw closer to Him but your internal conditioning will be affected too. You will learn to maintain your joy in whatever situation you face; your attitude will move from complaining to being grateful – just to mention a few benefits from cultivating a habit of devotional reading of the bible and praying. Growing up into the fullness of Christ is a lengthy process and it involves daily devotion, as we start our day with prayer and reading the scriptures and fellowship with the Lord by His Spirit who lives in us. Welcome to the process of enjoying your walk with God and growing up into Christ, enjoying the fullness of His grace and experiencing victory in many areas of your life. Enjoy God, your Heavenly Father.
 Rev. Kola Ewuosho

“Read your Bible, pray everyday, if you want to grow”; was the instructional song we sang regularly back in the old ‘CU’ (Christian Union) days. You never left your room, without having your morning devotion! However, over the years, the discipline and habit of ‘morning devotion’ became lost on many believers. This is attributable to a number of factors, and just to mention a few- a, some believers began to find it boring and irrelevant, because it became a mere religious exercise that had lost its meaning and power; b, life became more fast-paced and a lot of believers became caught up in the rat-race, making morning devotion of less priority. The Bible says the love of the world chokes the love of the Father in us (1 John 2:15); and c, Believers have become less communal and accountable in their lifestyle; and have become more independent and individualistic. For instance, back in the day; you would be asked about what you read in your morning devotion or (and) what God said to you! I remember the song, “God has something to say (to you); listen, listen, pay close attention, for God has something to say.”
However, I believe it’s time believers returned to the habit of having morning devotion time; for its various benefits, to mention a few: a, it grows you spiritually; b, it enhances your walk with God; c, it widens and deepens your knowledge of the scriptures (you would agree with me that the majority of ‘modern’ Christians have a very limited knowledge of the Bible!); d, it gives you the wisdom needed for daily living, and; e, it helps you develop a disciplined lifestyle.
We hope this all-year round Morning Devotional Book will encourage and aid you in achieving this goal. No one could ever and should never grow out of the simple, old, established and proven discipline of Morning Devotion.

A warm welcome to WISDOM 365!
Rev. Funke Ewuosho

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Tributes To Rev Funke Ewuosho

My dearest Mum, 

I always begin the story of our relationship from my earliest memories of you. I was new in church. You wore a dress suit that day and after service, were rebuking the women for not doing what was right. I felt drawn immediately to you because of your righteous stance, your being on the side of God. To see someone so TOTALLY sold out to God, to express it with such conviction, to be so loyal to God as to not compromise! That was a first for me. This was during my Youth Service year (1998/99), about 24 years ago.  

But today I want to start from the real beginning. Why? Because upon reflection, I realise that our story began long before we met. As I was about to round up my final year at ABU Zaria, I stood on the scripture, “He places the solitary in homes’ and began to pray for God to place me in a home during my youth service. I was posted to Kano, but before I left, one of the Pastors in the church I attended as a student told me about Rev. Dad and strongly recommended that I find him. I didn’t look for him when I got to Kano at first, but during an NCCF fellowship meeting, he came and ministered, and I felt drawn to his ministry. Then I remembered that he had been recommended to me, so I took a bike the next opportunity I had and came to Word of faith for the first time. I loved the worship, the Word, and felt at ‘home’ here.  And then the story I recounted above of my earliest memories of you happened, and I fell in love. I was so drawn to you! I wasn’t an easy young woman to Pastor.

For much of our relationship, especially in the early days, I pretty much did the things you advised against, and landed in trouble. But that is when I encountered your gracious loving kindness. I expected rejection, I found grace! I encountered a mother. I came home. Home is a place where people who are unable to care for themselves live and are cared for, a place of solace, a familiar territory, a place of belonging, a place where I am loved and protected, a place where something is placed or stored, a finished and final position. You have been that place where some things began and were finished, in me; where they were created in my life. Where my destiny was nurtured. I have been so impacted by your love and ministry, even my job and my extended family has been affected by your ministry! 

 Over the years I have come to realize that you and I were predestined! You are an answer to prayers! I know for a FACT that my life would have been far better than it is today if I had listened to you more than I had done through the years. 

 So, today as you turn 60, my faithful, loving, considerate, kindhearted, generous, loyal mother, mentor, pastor, intercessor, fellow believer, big sister, and friend, I publicly acknowledge what God has done! You are a personal gift to me from the loving generous God. I asked for a home, and He gave it! Our relationship is a work of grace. I don’t deserve to have been consistently parented and mentored by a Christian of your caliber, but here we are 24 years later! Thank you for being such an incredible example of Christ, you really remind me of Him, a true reminder of He who seeks and saves the lost; He who calls His disciples friends; He who is among us as one who ministers; He who loves with no holds barred! I realised recently that the feeling of familiarity I have around you is because you look so much like Him, it is uncanny! May the Lord God under whose wings you have come to find solace reward your faithfulness and labor of love! May you see the reward of your labor and may your soul be glad! May the Lord grant you 60 more years in health and in strength in Jesus’ Name! Happy birthday my dearest mum!!!

And to the God who places the solitary in homes I say:  Praise God from whom all blessing flow!  Praise Him all creatures here below! 

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts!  Praise Father! Son! And Holy Ghost!!! 


To My Dearest and Wonderful Pastor Funke, 

Happy 60th Diamond Jubilee Birthday to you!  I thank God for the honour and opportunity to celebrate your 50th, your 55th, and this year your 60th birthday with you and for you. I pray many happy returns.  

You are so amazing, I just love to listen to you and be around you; you are so talented, you manage all the areas of your life so well; you are so anointed, you teach us the Word of God with great understanding and revelation; you are so diligent and sacrificial, come rain and shine; you are so loving and wonderful, you can relate with everybody and love everybody.  

Thank you for being my role model in loving God, in serving God, and in many areas of my life. Thank you for teaching me how to be secure in God, to trust in God; thank you for helping me grow in my knowledge of God; and thank you for praying for and blessing me. 

I love you and pray God will continue to take you from glory to glory, bless you with every spiritual blessing, and His grace, peace, might, strength, goodness and love will follow you all the days of your life. May you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever in Jesus’ Name. 

Loads of Love, 

Your Julie-Julie  

I turned up in Kano about 30 years ago. A very enthusiastic Christian ready to take on the world and to serve under my favourite ministers, Revs. Kola and Funke Ewuosho. I really thought service was a bed of roses (literarily). Pastor Wole had introduced us to their materials in Bauchi, and I was very excited at the prospect of working with them. Due to a number of events, I ended up living with them and a peculiar journey started. For me it was very hard, and sometimes I thought “oh well, she (Rev. Mother as fondly called) just doesn’t like me”. She took me through the grill and would just not give up. Sometimes I felt like “why does she not just leave me alone”. I thought ministry was all about being called and going for it, I realised that character is especially important. As my journey with her continued, one day I realised that God could not use me the way I was. I was sensitive, full of hurt, felt abandoned and somewhat spoilt, lacking the character and resilience needed to live, not to talk of ministry. I remember one day I heard Rev. Mother praying intensely, I wondered why she could not pray for me like that. The next minute, while still praying, she burst out of her room laid hands on me and continued praying. I have never forgotten. She is compassionate, loving and will pray for you with the tenacity of a bulldog, not giving up. I knew at times she must have been aghast as to what to do with me. I thank God she never gave up on me. When I left, I didn’t know it then, but I was a totally different person, and it was evident in my interaction with people and life that I was completely different. There are lots of lessons from her life that have influenced me today, and I still quote the things she said years ago today when interacting with people. Meeting her years later, she is still consistent in ministry, it is truly amazing. I am honoured to call her mum. She is very busy but always has time to chat once in a while, and her chats are always impartations. I thank God for her strength, tenacity, love, consistency and most of all, her love for God. My journey with Rev. Mother is a long story which is hard to compress, but one thing is for sure, and like Rev. said years ago: God brings people your way to establish covenant relationships for a reason. These reasons will always be understood in the future. I love you Rev. Mum, and forever grateful that you did not give up on me. Thank you!! 

Maria (or Deola) 

Happy Birthday Mama 

 To a wonderful Mama on this 60th  milestone congratulation, I rejoice with you. May the Lord continue to bless you and increase you abundantly. Wishing you the very best of years.  

 Thanking God for your life, impact, and grace shown to me and all who come close.  I appreciate the grace. When I first met you I didn’t know many years later I would be taught even the smallest details of how to pack for a trip, how to earn leadership not by control but through love, and how to be a strong and not wishy-washy woman of God. I learned not to let emotions override principles, I learned that ambition is not the same as seeking the Lord out of a pure heart.  I have received gifts in jewelry, and clothes and so many times you are always opening your hand and heart to me. One of your words rings deep in my heart “My actions may be wrong, but my heart must be right” The passion you give to the Word and the people of God has also encouraged me to seek out the Lord. I did not just learn the Word but how to live life to the fullest 

Thank you, Mama. May the lord continue to strengthen you with more and more grace and greater anointing. I love and appreciate you Mama. 


Kemi Ogunfunmi, MPA 

A Tribute for Rev mum 

Wholesome, worded, warrior 

That’s my mum 

Teacher, tactful, trustworthy  

That’s my mum 

Beautiful, fierce 

That’s my mum 

Thank you for your commitment and your exceptional ability to dispense words of power and wisdom. it has led many of us to cherish intellectual capacity, knowledge and personal development. 

Thank you for showing us how to be modern day Deborahs, Esthers, Hannahs and annas, influencing our spheres and propagating the gospel, roaring day in day out, staying in our positions as gatekeepers. 

Thank you for the balance you show us in ministry, not neglecting any aspect of life, you are not only good at combining outfits (lol 😀) but awesome at combining spiritual principles to bring forth possibilities. 

A Global Icon,  An institution, A voice that amplifies the voice of others, A generational blessing, A trailblazer & pathfinder, An Enigma, A Fearless Lioness,  That’s my mum! 

A Mother of nations , A Mother in Zion 

A General in God’s Army 

A true worshipper of Jehovah,  

My Mother & Mentor of life & destiny 

Happpy glorious 60th birthday  

Thank you for being A Great GIFT to this generation, the world and most especially to me! 

May God continue to keep you & bless you with greater grace, fresh oil & renewed strength Ma! 

May He keep you relevant in His Kingdom till the end IJN 

Happy birthday mum 

Pastor Doris Familusi 


Definition: Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, flourishing and well-being. It’s important and needful for you to be happy.  Know that God also wants you to be Happy.    “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable)  Psalms 1:1a AMP (Jas. 1:12a AMP)

  1. Know God for yourself- cultivate a personal relationship with God. Happiness starts with knowing the Lord.

1a. Be secure in God; and in your Relationship with HIM! You’re a new creation. Your sins and past are forgiven and no more held against you. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

You’re accepted in the Beloved; and adopted into God’s family! Ephesians 1:5-6

You’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21.

There’s therefore now no condemnation unto you, because you are in Christ. Rom. 8:1

You’re blessed with every spiritual blessings in Christ and chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. Eph. 1:3-4

  1. b. Have the right Focus-

Jesus had the right focus- Hebrews 12:1-3

NOTE Verse 3- For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Focusing on the right things gives your strength! Therefore-

Focus on the Gain, and not on the Pain

Focus on the Joy, and not on the Cross

Focus on the Glory, and not on the Shame

Focus on the Positive, and not the Negative

Focus on the Outcome, and not the Process

Focus on the Lord, not on People.

  1. c. Have the right Priorities- The right focus usually leads to the right priorities.

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:4

Your priority is to be pleasing to the Father-

that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:10 | NKJV

Jesus was pleasing to the Father- Matt 3:17c.

Don’t try to please people; you won’t succeed anyway, because people differ in their ideas, opinions, pictures, etc of what you should be!Get your priorities right, so you don’t become a loser; and people like to associate with success at the end of the day-Pro. 19:4 NIV.

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7).

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.

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The Overcomer’s Lifestyle Pt.1 – Rev. Funke Ewuosho

The first thing to establish in your heart and mind is that you are already an overcomer- you aren’t trying to be one, and you shouldn’t be trying to be one! We are told, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5). Also, we belong to God; and the One who lives in us (i.e. Christ) is greater, mightier and stronger, than he (i.e. satan) who is in the world. (1 John 4:4). Jesus said we should be of good cheer- take courage, be confident, certain, and undaunted, because He has overcome and conquered the world for us; i.e. He has deprived it of power to harm us! (John.16:33). Satan is called the ‘god of this world’, but we are no more under his grip or control because we are now in Christ Jesus! “We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One.” (1 John 5:19c MSG). The Father has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son, Jesus Christ; and we have redemption and forgiveness of sins, through His blood. (Col.1:13-14). We’ve overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb- Jesus Christ (Rev.12:11a); and are meant to reign in life through Him! (Rom.5:17). It’s therefore the time to “ARISE from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” (Isaiah60:1 AMP)

Lifestyle can be defined as ‘the way in which a person lives’; i.e. your way or manner of life, rather than what you do every now and then, or short term. For instance, you could decide to have a healthy lifestyle; or just get into a short-term slimming program to look good for an upcoming event! Your lifestyle is also typically a reflection of your attitudes, values, or world view.

In this article, we shall be looking at some characteristics of an overcomer’s lifestyle.

  1. Faith

Faith is the victory that has already overcome the world; so the lifestyle of faith is a must for every overcomer! Faith isn’t a ‘panic button’ you suddenly press, when you’re in danger or distress. It’s meant to be a lifestyle- “The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17c). Hence, the apostle Paul said, “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,” (Gal. 2:20b NIV). Someone said, faith isn’t faith until it affects your daily walk, speech, and how true; “For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief.” (2 Cor. 5:7 AMP)!

Living by Faith, is living by your conviction and belief in what God says; rather than by what you see, hear, feel or perceive by your natural senses. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Heb. 11:1 NIV). For instance, Abraham didn’t consider the deadness of his body or of Sarah’s womb. Rather, he considered God’s promise to him- hoping against (natural) hope; and indeed became the father of many nations.

It’s however, not enough to have faith in your heart. It must also be released- a. through your words; the spirit of faith is speaking what one believes. (2 Cor. 4:13). The woman with the issue of blood, “kept saying, If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.” (Mark 5:28 AMP). Jesus taught His disciples to speak to mountains; and said they shall have what they say, if they believe.

And b, through actions: Jesus ‘saw’ the faith of the four friends, who broke through the roof of the building to bring their paralysed friend to be healed. (Mark 2:2-5).

  1. Living by the Word of God

‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matt. 4:4c)

The Bible is not a religious Book; it contains the Word of God. God’s thoughts, will, plans, purposes, ways, etc are revealed in His Word. God’s thoughts and ways are different to ours and also higher than ours. (Isaiah. 55:8-9).

God’s Word is also a manual for living our lives here on earth. Living by His Word is patterning our lives thereafter and making it the final authority in our lives- by asking ourselves, “what does the Word say?”, and doing it despite our feelings, opinions, convenience, etc. For instance, during the Temptation, Jesus repeatedly replied to the devil, “it is written…”.  Living by the Word is having a ‘Word of God-Orientation’: always asking ourselves- ‘is this in line with the Word?’ It is judging our thoughts, words, actions, attitudes and behaviour by the Word. It’s also about judging our experiences by the Word. Someone said, any vision, dream, experience, opinion, belief-system, etc, that is not in line with the Word, should be disregarded! We must, however, also beware not to embrace the letter of the Word, but the spirit of it; because the letter kills! Remember, the devil also said to Jesus, “For it is written” (Matt. 4:6b).

  1. Fellowship with God

The Bible says “our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ”. (1 John 1:3c). We must cultivate a lifestyle of fellowship with God through three major means: worship, prayers and the Word.

  1. Prayers: fellowshipping with God in prayers is communing with Him. Many Christians only pray when they have challenges- even then, as a last resort! The Church in the Book of Acts continued steadfastly in prayers and they observed ‘hours of prayer’.

There are different kinds of prayers but we need to bring back the emphasis on daily devotional prayers. Also, I would recommend using the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ as a pattern, in the light of our New Testament reality. I’ve found it very comprehensive; it covers all vital areas including: worship, provision, forgiveness and protection (Matt. 6:9-13).

2.   Worship (which by implication, is also a type of prayer!). It’s also important to mention that- a, there are different dimensions of worship; b, worship must be in spirit and in truth (John. 4:24); and c, it’s done in faith (Heb. 11:6).

iii. The Word. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. We must therefore attend to God’s Word, by meditating in it ‘day and night’. By so doing: a. we prosper in all our ways (Josh. 1:8; Psalm.1:1-3); b. “they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Prov. 4:22); we draw so much spiritual strength (1 John 2:14b).

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31).

Another aspect of fellowship we must have as a lifestyle is fellowship with other believers, just like the early church! There has never been a time as needful to heed the exhortation- “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near”. (Heb. 10:24-25 NLT).

  1. Being Care-free, Anxiety-Free and Worry-free

“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” (1 Peter 5:7 AMP).

The Bible gives us a simple recipe for peace; it’s been anxious about nothing, but praying about everything- with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). Someone said, thanksgiving is the highest form of prayer! I believe it’s also because it’s a demonstration of our faith that God has heard us, and that we shall have what we’ve asked for in prayer; like when Jesus gave thanks at Lazarus’ tomb.

Casting our cares on the Lord is an act and stance of faith that God will take care of things; and we enter into God’s rest concerning the matter (Heb. 4:3a). In that state, we’re no longer worried or anxious about, or afraid of, anything or any circumstance. Imagine Peter in prison, the night before Herod was to bring him to trial, between two soldiers, bound with two chains and sentries stood guard at the entrance; yet sleeping! (Acts 12:6).

It is a state of peace. Peace is- a. a shield that protects our heart and mind (Philippians4:7); b. a force that stills the raging storm (Mark 4:39); and c. a weapon against the enemy (Rom. 16:20). Peace is that powerful, because it’s a component of God’s Kingdom! (Rom. 14:17).

God always brings a message of cheer, no matter how terrible a situation is. Jesus said,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). If we would, therefore, pay attention to His words rather than to what’s going on in the world, we would maintain our peace. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.” (Prov. 12:25).

  1. Guarding your Thoughts.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT). The mind can be a great battlefield; the enemy is constantly throwing thoughts like darts, at our mind. He wants us to accept those things so he can make them a reality in our lives; you eventually become what you think! In his discourse about our warfare, Paul talked about strongholds, arguments and high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity (2 Cor. 10:4-5); and they’re all notably in the realm of the mind!

You must constantly challenge your thoughts- where are they coming from? Will they produce something positive or negative if acted upon? Are they in line with God’s Word? Etc. Naaman was so close to his miracle but was going to walk away from it, after coming all the way from his home because of his thinking! He said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. (2 Kings 5:11c NIV)

Your thinking can make or mar you; it can be your uplifting or downfall in life; it can make you rich or poor; it can keep you alive or kill you. So choose your thoughts carefully.

  1. Keeping your Tongue from Speaking Evil and Negativity

For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit” (1 Peter 3:10).

Remember, the ten spies were reported to have brought an evil report when they brought a report of doubt, fear and unbelief. The report totally contradicted what God had said!

God said He will do to them just as they have spoken- they all died in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb. (Num. 14:28-30). Truly, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Prov. 18:21).

  1. Walking in Love

Faith works (i.e. is activated, energized and expressed) through love. (Galatians 5:6c AMP).

Jesus said, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26).

Offence can hinder the prayer of agreement between believers from working. (Matt. 18:15-19). Husbands are told to treat their wives right, so their prayers may not be hindered! (1 Peter 3:7). Offence can hinder our gifts from being acceptable by God. (Matthew 5:23-24). One wonders if that had anything to do with why God rejected Cain and his offering?

Love’s characteristics are spelt out in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love is depicted as a debt; “Owe nothing to anyone– except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”(Rom. 13:8,10 NLT). This is very much in line with Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18.

  1. Guarding Your Heart

“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23)

Note that it is primarily our responsibility to keep our heart, and the ensuing verses seem to instruct us as to how to.

“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.” (NLT). These verses also highlight what seem to be the ‘gates’ to the heart, namely, i. the mouth gate; ii. the ear gate; iii. the eye gate; and iv. your feet!

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Goal Setting by Rev. Funke Ewuosho

[Message taken from the 2023 Cross over Service]

First of all, I want you to write down the things that you are looking forward to. They can be things   God spoke to you. It does not have to be that God appeared to you or that you heard a voice. If you did, that is nice but remember that anything you heard, must corroborate with the Word. 

The Bible talks about things that our eyes havenot seen, that our ears have not heard, the things that God has in store for us. Write down those things: for example “I want to be financially independent or debt free”, “I want to have a healthier body” things that have to do with your purpose.

Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it”

We must set specific goals to accomplish those things which are ahead of us, or else they will remain in the realm of intentions, wishes, desires and aspirations.

From spiritual to whatever else, identify them, then set goals that are focused on what you need to do to accomplish them. 

There is also a need to develop an action plan to motivate and guide you towards your goal. Like the saying, ‘’if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’’. How do you intend to get those things done? what is the path you plan to take to where you are going? 

I wrote these steps in my article in the latest Wisdom Digest Magazine on “Reaching Forward To the Things That Are Ahead of Us.” Please use this link to access this article:


The times we’re living in presently, can validly be called the end-times. The apostle Paul described those times, in 2 Timothy 3:1 (AMP) as, “perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” There’s therefore no time like now, that we would need to develop inner strength! We must understand that this isn’t about brute force or having a strong will, but having a strong spirit. A strong spirit would, however, impact every other aspect of our lives. For instance, a believer who has developed a strong spirit, will also be strong in their will and emotions! Hence Paul prayed for the Ephesians, to be empowered by God, with inner strength through His Spirit (Eph. 3:14-16 NLT). We must also make it a point of utmost necessity, to pray the same for ourselves regularly.

Let’s now look at some reasons why we should develop inner strength:

  1. To rise above challenges:

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles,” (Isaiah 40:31a). To mount up also means to soar; which is “to go above normal level or to coast through the air.”

It isn’t God’s will or plan, for His people to be overwhelmed or subdued by challenges; but to always be on top of them. The Bible says, “You shall laugh at destruction and famine, (Job 5:22a); and “When they make [you] low, you will say, [There is] a lifting up;” (Job 22:29a AMPC).

  1. For endurance:

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength …. they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31).

The race we’ve been called to participate in, as Christians, requires endurance; because it is a lifelong race! We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith; who endured the cross and such hostility from sinners (Hebrews 12:1-3). Jesus said it is those who endure to the end that shall be saved (Matthew 24:13)!

We need endurance when our faith is being tried and tested; so that our trials can produce the best in us and accomplish the best for us (James 1:2-4)!

When we don’t see immediate answers to our prayers; endurance is needed to stay on course, so we may receive, in the end, what God has promised us (Hebrews 10:36). According to the Message Bible, “But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” Abraham obtained the promise, “after he had patiently endured.” (Hebrews 6:15).

Jesus told a parable to the effect that people ought to pray, and not faint or lose heart or give up (Luke 18:1). After Elijah declared, “there is the sound of abundance of rain,” he

persisted in prayer until the cloud appeared (1 Kings 18:41-44)!

iii. To overcome adversity:

It has been said, “tough times don’t last, but tough people do!” This is very much in line with the scriptures; “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10). Times of adversity or crisis might not be avoidable, but you can avoid falling into pieces. According to the Message Bible, “If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.” Also, it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, as long as you get up again- “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,” (Prov. 24:16a NIV).

We need inner strength, not only to withstand in the evil times; but also to remain standing when it’s all over (Eph. 6:13)! The Amplified Bible says, “and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].” The times of sickness, is an example of evil or adverse times; and we’re told, “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness,” (Proverbs 18:14). We must remember that God made man in His image and after His likeness (Gen. 1:27); and since God is Spirit (John 4:24), man is also a spirit! Man is not a mind or a physical body; though he has a mind and a body. Proverbs 18:14 clearly separates the spirit from the body; the NLT says, “The human spirit can endure a sick body,”. There has been instances where doctors had given up on a sick patient, only for them to survive the sickness- owing to a strong spirit. It takes more than ‘will power’ to conquer adversity; you need a healthy spirit! Therefore, we mustn’t develop our minds and our bodies, at expense of our spirit.

iv. To endure and overcome testing and temptations:

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 NLT).

So much has been said about ‘overcoming’, to the point where many believers haven’t learnt to endure testing and temptations! We often hear words like, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen;” but the Bible has a lot more to say about enduring temptations! The Bible says God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear; but will make way of escape, so “that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:12-13). Until I read this over and over again; I used to interpret God making a way of escape, to mean, ‘getting out of the situation!’ I then realised it actually says, “that you may be able to bear it.” Remember, love “bears all things,” and “endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7). The Bible also says the trying of our faith works patience, and we should allow patience to finish its work (in us)- “So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well–developed, not deficient in any way.” (James 1:2-4). Imagine if Joseph had gotten out of the prison before Pharaoh sent for him? Faith isn’t just about receiving, but also refusing! Remember, “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,” (Hebrews 11:24); and some folks didn’t accept deliverance, “that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Hebrews 11:35c). This, however, isn’t talking about accepting sickness or diseases, or what Christ has already borne for you and redeemed you from! Rather, you’re to resist the devil and to give him no room at all (James 4:7; Eph. 4:27).

Also, note it says, God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear or to “be pushed past your limit;” (1 Cor. 10:13 MSG). That tells me, firstly, there’s a divine ‘filter’ in heaven, and the enemy can’t just throw anything he wishes at us. Remember the temptation of Job; God repeatedly warned satan not to touch his life (Job 1:12; 2:6)!

Satan isn’t allowed to tempt you beyond what you can bear or “your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure.” (AMP).

This suggests that what we can bear varies from one person to another, which is

determined by how much inner strength you had developed before the testing or temptation. The wise man had already built his house on the rock, before the storms came (Luke 6:47-48)! “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established; He will not be afraid,” (Psalms 112:7-8a). Our hearts must have been established before the evil tidings come; or else we would be afraid!

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If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!” We must set goals to accomplish those things which are ahead of us; or else they would remain in the realm of intentions, wishes, desires and aspirations! There’s a need to develop an action plan to motivate and guide you toward your goal; like the saying, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Goals are more deliberate than desires and momentary intentions; because they require a commitment of your thoughts, emotion, will and behaviour towards attaining them.

In setting your goals, you must, (a) know and identify specifically, ‘those things which are ahead’ of you; (b) set goals that are focused on what you need to do to accomplish them; and (c) how you intend to get those things done- that is, the path you plan to take to where you’re going!

Interestingly, a story that comes to mind is that of ‘The Shrewd Manager’ who was about to lose his job: he said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ And he clearly laid out the path he planned to take to achieve his goal and executed it. (Luke 16:3-7).

Another story was that of the ‘Prodigal son’ after he had lost everything and was starving, he came to his senses and said, ‘I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. (Lk. 15:17-20a).

A study listed 5 Step Process for Goal Setting:

  1. Set goals that motivate you.
  2. Set Smart goals. (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).

iii. Put Goals in Writing.

  1. Make an action plan- it can help you focus on the steps it’ll take to reach your goal.
  2. Stick to it!


You must have a vision of those things which are ahead of you. You must be able to ‘see’ them, even though they are still ahead; like the people of faith- “but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them” (Heb. 11:13b). The people building the Tower of Babel had a picture and an objective in mind; to build a great city with a tower that reaches into the sky- that will make them famous and keep them from being scattered all over the world; and they were united and resolved to do it and they began to do it!

This is where most people fail, even before starting out- no picture, no objective, no unity, no resolve and no action!

Hear what God said, “Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” (Gen. 11:6 KJV).

According to Merriam-Webster, vision is defined as, “the act of power of imagination.

When you apply vision to the future, you can create a mental picture that can be used to direct your actions. The Bible says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;”(Pro. 29:18b MSG). Vision serves as a guide and can be used to provide a sense of purpose- “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.” (NLT) or, “cast off restraint;” (NKJV).

The revelation of God’s Word and of His will for you can be used to create this mental picture. Joseph was sold as a slave by his brothers, and was falsely accused and wrongly jailed; yet he maintained his joy, his

peace, and inner strength, because he had a knowledge of God’s will! (Gen. 45:7-8a).

Vision gives you a vivid, imaginative conception and anticipation of those things which are ahead of you! God says His plans are plans to give you a future “an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11 KJV)

When you’re able to ‘see’ those things which are ahead of you, then you can become a reality! God told Abram, “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever..” (Gen. 13:14-17). He said to Jeremiah, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jer. 1:12). Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s anointing; and he said, “if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” (2 Kings 2:10). The Bible says we shall be like Jesus when He is revealed, “for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2c).


Motivation is derived from the word ‘motive’, which denotes needs, desires, wants or drives within the individuals. It is what stimulates people to actions to accomplish their goals, or to perform a task or their behaviour- though some people probably may not be aware of their motivation!

Motivation is defined by needs, values and goals; which are considered the building blocks of motivation that lead to action. You must therefore set goals that motivate you; or else you won’t achieve them!

Are your goals motivated by your needs or your values? A study highlighted 4 types of motivation

  1. Incentive motivation– being motivated by external rewards.
  2. Fear motivation– i.e. being motivated by the fear of an undesirable outcome.

iii. Power motivation– i.e. being motivated by the need for power- e.g. to accomplish your goals or desires.

  1. Social motivation– i.e. being motivated by what others think about you or the desire to be accepted by others.

Jesus told His disciples to be careful not to do their good deeds with the motivation of being seen and praised by people; or else, they would have no rewards from God. (Matt. 6:1).

The Bible says God weighs our actions (1 Sam. 2:3c); I believe the scale on which He weighs our actions, is our motives!

Love should be our motivation in the operation of spiritual gifts and what we do for others. (1 Cor. 13:1-3). The Apostle Paul said, “For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us,” (2 Cor. 5:14a AMP). Love must be our motivation for desiring spiritual gifts- and not power or performance. (1 Cor. 12:31). Our motive for service mustn’t be to please men, but the fear of God; it’s the absence of this that makes people engage in eye-service.

We must see ourselves as serving Christ and not people; and knowing our reward comes from Him. (Col. 3:22-24). Joseph’s motivation was the fear of God, in his services at Potiphar’s house. The biggest test of his motivation came, when master’s wife asked him to sleep with her; he refused and said to her, “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:9).


To accomplish your goal, you can’t wish away hard work! A person who is diligent in his business, will stand before kings and not unknown people. (Pro. 22:29).

There can be no productivity without hard work- “[It is] the hard-working farmer [who labors to produce] who must be the first partaker of the fruits.” (2 Tim. 2:6 AMP).

We must avoid idleness. To be idle is to spend time doing nothing, avoiding work and being lazy. Idleness is a state of inaction or inactivity.

In the parable of the labourers; when Jesus saw people standing idle in the market place, He hired them to work in His vineyard. (Matt. 20:3-7). The Bible says we should learn from the ants, who, though having no leader, labour all summer, gathering food for the winter. (Pro. 6:6-11). Another example of a hard worker is the proverbial virtuous woman; “she always works hard.” (Pro. 31:17 CEV), “And does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Pro. 31:27c).

Being idle isn’t just spending time doing nothing, it’s also spending time doing anything that has no purpose or effect or something pointless- e.g. engaging in idle chatter. The Bible admonishes us to live purposefully, making the very most of the time. (Eph. 5:15-16 AMP).

Hard work is rewarding- “Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.” (Pro. 31:31 NLT).


Like the saying, “No man is an island entire of itself;” you therefore need to be in the right company to accomplish your goals in life.

The Bible says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Eccle. 4:9-10,12 NLT). Could this also be why Jesus always sent out His disciples in twos; and they also followed in that pattern afterwards!

Peter and John were arrested after the healing of the man at Gate Beautiful and detained till the next day. Immediately after their release, they went to the other believers and when they heard the report; they all raised their voice together in prayer to God. They left the prayer meeting full of the Holy Spirit and boldness to preach God’s word- regardless of what they had just experienced! (Acts 4:23-31). No wonder the Bible says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another,” (Heb. 10:24-25a NLT)

The company you keep has more influence on you than you can imagine or are ready to admit! Hear this, “Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.” (Pro. 22:24c-25 NLT). Your company can make or mar you- “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Pro 13:20); so choose wisely!

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The words of apostle Paul come to mind; “but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” (Philippians 3:13c). We’ve talked and heard so much about the need to forget the past, and that is indeed very important; but it’s time to place a greater emphasis on what lies ahead of us! The past is gone, and while we may have valuable lessons to learn therefrom; we have so much more ahead of us to reach forward to.

The past has the power to hold us down and to repeat itself; but we must break free, so as to lay hold on the things which are ahead of us. The enemy doesn’t so much care about your past; but he’s very much afraid of your future; so the fight is about your future! Joseph was a dreamer (his dreams had to do with his future), and that was why his brothers wanted to kill him- they said, “We shall see what will become of his dreams!” (Genesis 37:20c).

The things ahead of us can right past wrongs, turn bad situations around, turn failure into success, etc – things that would make the past pale into insignificance; and that is why we must reach out for them. In this article, we shall be talking at the things we need to accomplish this goal.

  1. ENERGY:

Reaching forward to the things which are ahead, would require great effort. In the NIV, it says, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (Philippians 3:13-14a). Those two underlined words, connote application of force and pressure! The woman with the issue of blood “came in the press behind, and touched His garment.” (Mark 5:27c KJV).

Paul prayed that the Ephesians be empowered with inner strength through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16). We must run towards those things which are ahead of us without being tired or weary (Isaiah 40:31); and we must pray without giving up (Luke 18:1).

  1. FOCUS:

but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” Notice he said, “one thing I do;” Jesus told Martha, “you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed,” (Lk. 10:41-42.) The Psalmist said, “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:” (Psa. 27:4b). Two, you must forget the things which are behind; change your focus- stop looking backward! Anyone who runs looking backwards or sideways can’t win the race; because the finishing line is always ahead and not behind! God told Israel,

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing,” (Isaiah 43:18-19a). We’re told it isn’t wise to ask, “Where are the good old days?” (Eccles. 7:10 MSG). We must stop recalling the past, but should always seek something better and bigger. (Heb. 11:14-16).

We must be running, with our eyes focused on the goal. You must always reach forward- even if you fall or fail, fail forward! As it is written, “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise;” (Micah 7:8a). And, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,” (Pro 24:16b NIV).

In focusing on our goal, we must let go of certain ‘weights’ (Hebrews 12:1-2). Weights are not necessarily sinful or unlawful; but they not helpful or beneficial or expedient. (1 Cor.10:23)- e.g. distractions, some habits, some relationships, entertainments, etc.


It’s “the quality of being determined (i.e. firmly set in one’s decision or course of action, especially with the aim of achieving a particular goal); having a firmness of purpose.

Determined people are extremely motivated and unlikely to quit or change their mind; they have a very strong desire, resolve and the will power) to achieve their goals. They persevere and continue working toward achieving their goal, regardless of the challenges they may face. We’re told to endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim. 2:3). Jesus is a perfect example of determination- “Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” (Heb. 12:2c NLT). Paul was another great example; he said he was ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus, and the brethren couldn’t persuade him not to go! (Acts 21:13).


It’s been said to be one of the most important personality traits in everyone’s life. It refers to a set of rules and regulations which are to be followed while undergoing any task or activity.

Hear this- “An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere.” (2 Tim. 2:5 MSG). Self-discipline helps you stay focused on your goals. It also enables you to stay in control of yourself and of your reaction to any situation; self-discipline (or self-control) is one of the fruit of the Spirit! (Gal. 5:22). Jesus demonstrated self-discipline in enduring the cross and disregarding its shame- more so when He challenged come down from the cross to prove He was indeed God’s Son! (Matt. 27:40).

Discipline must be maintained as a lifestyle, and not just for a short period; like a muscle, it becomes stronger, the more you train it. It can also help boost your self-esteem, because it helps you accomplish your set goals!

A study listed 10 habits of highly disciplined people:

  1. They commit- they’re true to their words.
  2. They avoid temptations.

iii. They take care of themselves- they know that things like, sleep, good nutrition and exercise, not only impact their health; but also their mood, work performance and relationships!

  1. They work at developing habits- they don’t see a disciplined life as being synonymous to a deprived life.
  2. They set boundaries- they know their limitations and say no to distractions.
  3. They enjoy routine- it enhances efficiency and self-management.

vii. They lead with their mind over their mood- they stick to their routine and don’t let their feelings get in the way.

viii. They clearly define their goals- they know that if a goal is too vague, it’s unlikely to be achieved.

  1. They live by deadlines- they don’t just set goals; they give themselves strict timelines to keep them on track along the way.
  2. They keep their eye on the prize- they can defer immediate gratification, in the pursuit of greater long-term gains.


Moses said to the Israelites, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” (Deut. 30:19c).

Somebody said, ‘If you don’t choose, you will lose!

Decisiveness is needed to accomplish your goal. Abram was told to leave his country, his father’s house and family, to a land he didn’t know; and he got up and left! God’s promises to Abram were contingent on his leaving. (Gen. 12:1-4).

Unlike Abraham, Lot lingered when the angels came to rescue him and his family out of Sodom- they had to drag them out of the city to safety. (Gen. 19:16).

No matter how great the things ahead of you are; you must decide to go for them and to pay the necessary price. However, it’s your determination and a lifestyle of discipline will help you sustain your decisions!

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Rev. Funke Ewuosho

Harvestime- 20 years…. And still counting !

Wow; it’s 20 years already- 20 years of God’s faithfulness, goodness and mercies!

We’ve come a very long away as a church; and though, physically, we might look smaller and less than what we ‘should’ (or would love to) have been in our 20 years of existence as a church; we have a lot to be thankful to God for! First of all, for keeping us all these years; and like Israel, we can say: “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,” ….. when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, when their wrath was kindled against us; then the waters would have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul; then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.” Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth. Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:1-8 NKJV)

God promised to take the Israelites into a land flowing with milk and honey; but not everyone He brought out of Egypt saw the fulfilment of that promise! Rev. Kola and I immensely thank those who have stayed with us, through thick and thin; while we also warmly welcome those who just came on board!

Today, we are seeing the generation of people that will experience the fulfilment of God’s purposes, promises and prophecies concerning Harvestime and the FOWM in the United Kingdom. So let’s work together, drawing inspiration and strength from the words of apostle Paul- “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV)

Grace and peace be multiplied to you all.

Yours truly in Christ’s love,

Pastor Funke